Community Right to Bid – Pollard Hatch

Despite the best efforts of the Harlow Alliance Party, the government appointed Inspector has decided that this area should remain on the Labour Party’s Local Plan as a site on which new homes will be built.

However

Back in November, with the support of 21 residents, Party Leader Nicholas Taylor made a Community Right to Bid to Harlow Council in respect of the garage site and green area behind the shops at Pollard Hatch. The Council had a deadline of eight weeks in which to respond and almost at the end of this period they have written back to say this application has been agreed and will be put on the Council’s register of such requests.

So what does this mean? Well if the Council ever decided to sell this land they MUST give the community the chance to buy or lease the land, which in effect means that it could never be built on. This is the sixth site to have been put on the Council’s register.

The Harlow Alliance Party believe the Council will never have the resources to build hundreds of council homes in the space of two or three years unless they sell off some of the sites identified in their Local Plan, hence the action the Party is taking now.

With the help of the Harlow Alliance Party, another three applications will be made in the coming weeks on behalf of residents living at Radburn Close, St Andrews Meadow and Barn Mead.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

Christmas has come early, and it will be a Happy New Year, for all those living in or near:

FENNELLS
JOCELYNS/BROADWAY AVENUE
DEER PARK
RADBURN CLOSE
MAPLES/MILWARDS
ST ANDREWS MEADOW
BARN MEAD/FIVE ACRES

The announcement by the Government appointed Inspector on 19 December that Harlow District Council (HDC) will need to make changes to it’s Local Plan has been welcomed by The Harlow Alliance Party (HAP) as well as hundreds of residents living in homes that have effectively been blighted by the proposals to build on fields near them. An early Christmas present and one that will last for many years.

Readers will recall that the Labour Party’s Harlow Local Plan put forward 21 sites on which it proposed to allow homes to be built in the next 10 years or so. HAP held five public meetings early in 2019 to see what residents thought of these plans and as a result they were the only Party to raise objection, noting that little if any consultation with residents had taken place by HDC.

Many of these sites are green field sites and HAP made it’s objections about eight of these sites known to the Inspector. By objecting, HAP were able to participate at the five day examination of the Plan (the Conservative Party did not make any formal objection thus could not participate in the Examination).

Of the eight sites, the Inspector has said that six sites should be removed from the Local Plan, with a seventh, adjacent to The Maples being deleted as well. The inspector suggested amongst others things that the Fennells site be included as a small area in the Green Belt, the land at Deer Park and St Andrews Meadow be retained as green wedge and that the case for new homes at Barn Mead had not been clearly established.

Despite not winning any seats at last May’s Local Elections, what HAP have been able to achieve in getting these sites removed just shows what can be done when a political Party engages with residents.

GET THINGS DONE ….. VOTE HAP AT NEXT MAY’S ELECTIONS

Another successful Community Right To Bid.

The Community Right to Bid made by a HAP member in respect of the land south of Hawthorns has been agreed by Harlow District Council and will now be placed on their register of such applications.

The outcome of this is that if the Council decide to sell this land at any time in the future, to be developed for housing, then they will have to give the community six months in which they can put together a residents group who would like to buy the land. If successful, this would then mean it would never be built on.

This application shows what the community can do when residents come together, free from political interference from political parties wedded to Westminster.

This application is the fourth successful application made by local residents assisted by HAP, with others to come in the new year.

Jocelyns playing field Community Right to Bid

The Community Right to Bid made by a HAP member in respect of the play area between Jocelyns and Broadway Avenue has been agreed by Harlow District Council and will now be placed on their register of such applications.

The outcome of this is that if the Council decide to sell this land at any time in the future, to be developed for housing, then they will have to give the community six months in which they can put together a residents group who would like to buy the land. If successful, this would then mean it would never be built on.

This application shows what the community can do when residents come together, free from political interference from political parties wedded to Westminster.

This application is the third successful application made by members of HAP, others will be following in the coming weeks.

Community Right to Bid – November Update

At the beginning of October residents supported by The Harlow Alliance Party submitted a CRB in respect of land which is part of Parndon Wood Nature Reserve, opposite 144 to 154 Fennells.

We are pleased to report that this Bid has been accepted and will be placed on Harlow Council’s Register of applications so that if they decide to ever sell this land they will have to give the community 6 months in which to accept such an offer.

A further two applications have been submitted for other sites in the town, four others are in the planning stage.

Community Right To Bid – Update

Following Harlow Council’s acceptance of the Community Right to Bid (CRB) made by residents living near Water Lane Playing Field (adjacent to Deer Park) a further three applications have now been submitted to the Council, these are in respect of land at Hawthorns, Jocelyns and Fennells.

The Council will have to respond to these requests by Christmas. In the meantime an additional four bids are being put together, all of which will be submitted in the near future. These are in respect of land at Pollard Hatch, Barn Mead, Radburn Close and St Andrews Meadow.

Community Right to Bid – Land adjacent to Deer Park

Back in July, with the support of 21 residents, Party Leader Nicholas Taylor made a Community Right to Bid to Harlow Council in respect of land known as Water Lane Playing Field, which lies adjacent to Deer Park. The Council had a deadline of eight weeks in which to respond and almost at the end of this period they have written back to say this application has been agreed and will be put on the Council’s register of such requests.

So what does this mean? Well if the Council ever decided to sell this land they MUST give the community the chance to buy or lease the land, which in effect means that it would never be built on.

This is only the second piece of land which has been entered onto the Council’s register since such applications could be made in 2011,

The Harlow Alliance Party believe the Council will never have the resources to build hundreds of council homes in the space of two or three years unless they sell off some of the sites identified in their Local Plan, hence the action the Party is taking now.

With the help of the Harlow Alliance Party another seven applications will be made in the coming weeks on behalf of residents living near Fennells, Jocelyns, Radburn Close, St Andrews Meadow, Barn Mead, Pollard Hatch and Hawthorns.

The Harlow Alliance Party, a Party for LOCAL people not POLITICIANS wedded to Westminster

Epping Forest District Council’s Local Plan update

Ms Louise Phillips MA MSc MRTPI the Government appointed independent Inspector of the Epping Forest District Council’s Local Plan published an interim report on 2 August.

The document runs to 21 pages in which she makes numerous observations and suggested changes which included what are known as “main modifications” to make the plan legally sound and the removal of sites which have been identified by the Council as ones on which new homes will be built in the next decade or so. The former will require consultation with residents and others before they can be finalised.

Whilst there is specific reference to the site to the East of Harlow and Latton Priory, both of which remain in the Plan, there is no mention of the plans for West Sumners and Katherines.

The full report can be found here, points 10 and 11 are of particular note:

Point 10 says “The Council’s modifications are again late and are controversial”. 

Point 11, The first sentence notes the lack of consultation and concerns about the infrastructure requirements.

Plans to expand Stansted Airport delayed by Uttlesford District Council

The decision made by Uttlesford District Council (UDC) on 28 June clearly demonstrates that a Political Party formed by local residents to represent the views of local residents really can make a difference.

Back in late 2018 Councillors at UDC decided to accept the recommendation of it’s officers and agree that the airport could significantly increase the number of passenger using the airport. A vote was taken when 5 Councillors agreed to the proposal and 5 objected, the final decision to proceed was made by the chairperson of the committee.

In May’s Local Elections, the Residents for you Party (R4U) swept the board, replacing the Conservative Councillors on the committee. With fresh evidence and a mandate from local residents the R4U Party reversed the earlier decision and undertook to consider new material evidence including the UK Carbon Net Zero 2050 Legislation.

The issue of airport capacity has been well documented in the national and local press for at least 3 decades. Despite quieter and cleaner aircraft, the inescapable fact is that aircraft are a major contributor of pollution and will never be anything but when compared to other forms of transport. The issue has been a political hot potatoe during this whole time, governments obsessed with growth in the economy have continued to ignore the airports damaging effect on the countryside, the loss of farm land and the health and well being of residents under or near flight paths.

R4U is just one of a growing number of examples where new local Parties are making a difference. The Harlow Alliance Party is working hard to ensure that residents in Harlow are given a choice as to how the town is managed in the future.

ON YOUR BIKE OR HARLOW’S ROADS GET GRIDLOCKED!

A Public Enquiry was held by a Planning Inspector at the Latton Bush Centre on Tuesday 11 June. HAP and one Conservative Councillor attended the enquiry in the public gallery along with just 15 people, testament to the failure of Essex County Council’s e publicity in attracting residents to this important event. The Planning Inspector will we feel sure have noted this poor turnout.

The Harlow Alliance Party learnt that the new roads that feed into the new Junction 7a of the M11 from Harlow will not be able to cope with traffic from all the proposed new developments in and around Harlow and Gilston Garden Town unless 60% of residents, who now live or will occupy the new dwellings. use sustainable transport. If this percentage of change in transportation is not reached it is likely our roads will become gridlocked. So residents will be expected to abandon their cars and cycle, walk or use Rapid Transport Buses to avoid gridlock on our roads. The sustainable transport policy is an aspiration of Essex County Council whose officers put forward the case for such a scheme to the Planning Inspector

The new junction which it was suggested will be completed by 2022 was designed to ease congestion in Harlow as well as permit further planning consent for developments in the Enterprise Zone thus hopefully creating more jobs. It has secured funded for the construction of the junction from contributions by Highways England (£41.7M), South East Local Enterprise Partnership (£10.5M), with the remainder coming from Essex County Council and 106 agreements from planning applications to the Local Authorities.

The new and improved roads to be constructed are to accommodate traffic from the A414 in both directions and from proposed new developments, using a new road crossing the River Stort and railway into Riverway and then on to Edinburgh Way and Gilden Way which then feeds into the new M11 junction.

HAP is very disappointed that funding has not been found for a Northern By-Pass which many agree would be a much better option, serving motorists or lorries who are not looking to enter Harlow and Gilston Garden Town but to by-pass it to reach locations outside of the town.

The Planning Inspector will now put his findings in respect the Plan’s legality and viability to The Minister of Transport for final decision.